Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Heads to PC on February 1

Square Enix has announced a PC port for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

The classic yet high-definition release for the game will launch for PC via Steam on February 1st. Fans can expect 60FPS performance, as well as 21:9 ultrawide monitor support, a third soundtrack version BGM toggle, cheats to give you maximum gil and license points, the ability to choose a New Game Plus and New Game Minus, and more.

Here’s a rundown on the PC release:


Following the resounding success of over a million units of FINAL FANTASY® XII THE ZODIAC AGE™ shipped last year for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Square Enix Ltd., today announced that players can visit the wondrous world of Ivalice on PC from 1st February 2018.

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE on STEAM® will include all of the modern advancements and features available in the PlayStation®4 version, such as latest-generation visuals, a remastered soundtrack, new Speed and Trial modes, fast forward function, and many other enhanced features.

Key Features:

  • 60FPS – Ivalice will look better than ever with the game running at 60FPS
  • Compatible with 21:9 ultra-wide monitors – Up to three HD monitors can be used for a potential 48(16×3):9 experience
  • New Game Plus and New Game Minus – Post-game content modes are now accessible from the beginning of the game
  • Three background music options – The original, re-orchestrated and soundtrack versions are now available from the beginning of the game
  • Maximized License Points and Gil – New functionality added to grant players max License Points and Gil from the configuration screen
  • Full controller support, Steam Trading Cards and more to optimize the PC player experience

A celebratory launch livestream is set for February 2nd at 12 AM Pacific / 3 AM Eastern where Producer Hiroaki Kato and Director Takashi Katano will answer questions polled by fans on Twitter.

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  • Jack

    Glad it’s releasing earlier than expected.

  • Redrum

    Excellent! With the release of this and FFXV, nearly the entirety of the mainline FF franchise is available on Steam. Just need them to bring over FF Origins.

  • Ri¢hard

    And of course, infected with anti consumer drm.

  • NukeA6

    What did you expect from Steam?

  • Yaya

    I have been wanting this for such a long time!!

  • Brownninja97 .

    lol how is steam anti consumer.

  • NukeA6

    They’re not known for being drm-free plus I need to connect Steam to play some of the games I’ve installed.

  • Brownninja97 .

    ive played plenty of times when ive had no internet, of course with single player games. Of course games which have other drm like some ubisoft titles are not the fault of steam, those games would still be a pain if they were sold from GOG because thats just the publishers fault

  • Ri¢hard

    Depends on the publisher. There’s a lot of DRM free games on Steam that you can launch without the client running.

  • thunk

    I feel like I’m a $60 PS4 Beta tester with all these improved Japanese ports that arrive later on PC.

  • Madbrainbox

    Another FF game that will neeeeeeever be released on PC.:)
    I had this on PS 2 but never finished it for some reason.I’ll give it another try.

  • HAHAHAAHAH! 60fps on PC while PS4 is stuck at 30fps. Even square knows that we PC gamers deserved the superior version.

  • Psyramics

    Steam is not the one that puts Denuvo on games.

  • SevTheBear

    Well to be fair the story is not the best and the PS2 version had a few problems + Vaan is SUPER annoying. But the combat system fine and world as well.

  • DrearierSpider

    Is Tactics on PC?

  • Heresy Hammer

    W E W
    E
    W

  • chocodino

    The fact that I need to connect to steam to validate my games is a problem, and it’s a problem I have personally experienced, at least I have my GOG installers, so I could play those.

    The problem, no internet access and a computer that hadn’t been previously connected to my steam account.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    Because if your internet dies, you can’t play any of your games. It’s such a piece of shit service.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    60fps is nice but there was no excuse for it not to be that on PS4.

  • Mister6ame

    Unfortunately nope.

  • Madbrainbox

    I don’t remember much about Vaan.I know he had a brother but that’s about it.

  • Neojames82

    Yeah, because they never remove games from console stores….oh wait…

  • Madbrainbox

    Use a crack.

  • Ri¢hard

    Well, I’m not interested in pirating it. I’m concerned about the anti consumer side of denuvo.

  • orbo

    “I don’t remember much about Vaan.”
    Don’t worry, that’s not your bad memory at play here. That’s just how irrelevant Vaan is.

  • Madbrainbox

    Buy it and use a crack.

  • 2501

    Vaan’s only purpose in the story is to provide the player with exposition, that’s it. FFXII’s story is like watching Star Wars: New Hope where C3PO (Vaan) is the main character instead of Luke (Basch).

  • Thankfully used games is not a thing on PC.

  • Yes it is. PS4 hardware is garbage.

  • I think I finally figured out Square’s retarded use of Denuvo. Square doesn’t use denuvo on new and recent games like FFXV or WoF. But they do use it on old games like SO4 and this game. So square feels only old games need DRM.

  • RichardGristle

    >if your internet dies

    lol Zimbabwe

  • Heck yeah–between this and the new FFXIV raid in Rabenaster written by the FFXII director, we may be looking at some new, future adventures on this world.

  • Audie Bakerson
  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Vaan is literally a poor man’s Ramza Belouve.

  • EroBotan

    their customer service is crap though

  • EroBotan

    nah, i can play them steam games just fine even without internet

  • Fandangle

    I’m failing to see how it applies here. Most of the changes seem to be just “you can access post game from the start”

  • SevTheBear

    Vaan is so pointless that if you took him out of the story you wouldn’t miss him. His brother is just cast aside after the beginning is over.

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    The YS patch is coming for the ps4 as well…

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    Tactics isn’t mainline baka.

  • Madbrainbox

    Yeah his brother is there for the motivation I guess.But I think Basch is the real star of the group there.I liked him a lot when I played.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    And that has what to do with DRM on digital copies exactly? Not seeing how that’s a good thing either.

    They’ve also tried that crap already, it didn’t work. Remember online passes?

  • BFG

    Dont blame the tool, blame the incompetence of developers instead

  • Madbrainbox

    They’re competent enough to have 60 fps on PC so how can you not blame the shitty tool in this case?

  • PS4 is weak as shit though. Weak hardware prevents games from being 60fps. Just look at the switch. Weak as shit!

  • Used games will never be as good as digital PC games.

  • Hans Peter

    Bs. Shows how you have never used steam. This happened to a few denuvo games in the past, but the vast majority are completely fine in steams offline mode.

  • BFG

    Because what you’re believing that it’s the same team of developers who made also the PC port in the first place.

  • BFG

    This is actually more a problem of pushing this unnecessary need of “graphix” like you seek so much. “Weak hardware” is good because it should force you to get creative, and good gameplay doesnt require high specs.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Why not? Would you complain if Steam or some other storefront allowed you to trade or sell them?

    You still haven’t explained how used games are a BAD, thing as you implied.

    Please don’t say “it hurts the devs”.:P Every other market deals with this basic consumer right just fine.

  • Madbrainbox

    Steam has Squeenix listed as dev.
    Plus, there are countless examples where PC gets 60 or up and the consoles get 30.

  • BFG

    Squeenix is a large company with a lot of people you know?
    There are also examples of PC ports being dumped at 30fps only too.

    Not that I care much about framerate as long as it’s not a slideshow (and if game is fun enough to get past the occasional tanking like EDF). I had dealt with way worse on PC during my childhood

  • Feniks

    Well not everyone has a PC. And I think we all agree that PC will always have superior hardware.

    As for beta testing: gamers have shown to be indifferent. I stopped buying games at release since almost every game is a bug ridden mess that needs a few rounds of patches. But I’m the minority.

  • Feniks

    Steamworks is the DRM that Valve invented and offers to publishers. But that was cracked ages ago so nobody remembers.

  • Madbrainbox

    Of course.Now,how many games have 60 fps on consoles and 30 fps on PC? I assume there aren’t many of those.Also,Squuenix having the shit people doing the job for ps4 where they sell more and having their good A+ team for PC where they get fewer sales does not make any sense.
    I don’t care that much about FPS either but that’s not the point.

  • magicalfollower

    Doesn’t change the fact he bought a broken translated game on release.

  • Psyramics

    I thought Steamworks provided integration with Steam services, so stuff like the friends list could be imported into the game. I guess that makes it a kind of DRM though.

  • 🆔SLoWMoTIoN

    it wasn’t that bad m8

  • Feniks

    Steamworks prevents the game from being launched without Steam.

    I’m old and remember how Valve forced everyone to use the Steam client with Half-life 2. It was a big deal back then.

  • Madbrainbox

    How do you “use” a digital game anyway?
    It hurts the devs.Why do you consider that to be a bad argument?You have your rights,how about their rights?

  • Zack Attack

    Yes it was. I hope to god the Switch version has the fixed localization. Even then, NIS can go fuck off and Falcom needs to go back to Marvelous.

  • Zack Attack

    One of these things Im going to hate once I switch to PC. >:(

  • Armando Suetonio Amezcua

    Oh let tears flow faggot enjoy your inferior version.

  • Used games are always has less quality.

  • You casuals may hate gaming but I am a true gamer so I want my games at 4k at 60fps.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    What do you mean how? By playing it of course, that’s what the license is for.

    Because they’ve already sold that copy/license once, which means they’re trying to dictate what you do with.

    That’s literally why the 1st-sale doctrine exists, which tells the they can’t do that.

    It doesn’t apply to digital copies, but there’s been a push to rectify that, especially in the Uk.

    And once again, every other industry manages it just fine. What makes video games so special?

  • Zombie_Barioth

    No they are. If your referring to scratched discs and the like, that’s an issue with the physical medium itself.

    Its not really an issue with Blu-Ray, or carts, just CD/DVD. So PC games or older console games.

    But anyway, that’s why they’re cheaper, they’ve deprecated in value.

  • Madbrainbox

    What kind of service would you provide exactly by selling your digital copy and what kind of benefit would the dev have from that transaction?

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Why does it have to be a ‘service’ (to the dev?), and why does it matter whether they benefit? Why should they?

    1st-sale rights aren’t FOR them, and no other industry does either. So again, what makes them an exception?

    But to answer the question, being able to trade/sell unwanted games mean players can put it towards a new one.

    That’s a transaction that may otherwise not occur.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’s certainly good enough to run a PS2 game at 60fps though.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Of course it will.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    “Being a true gamer = wanting pretty graphics”

    Activated my almonds tbqh. Is Battlefront 2 your favourite game then? I’ve heard the graphics are quite nice. I’ll give you 60fps since that can actually have a positive benefit on gameplay but the rest of your post is comedy gold.

  • Being a true gamer = wanting the highest quailty of my games. You casual console gamers will never understand. Just stick to your 30fps racing games.

  • Apprently not kid. It can not even run PS3 games like the last guardian at 30fps. Hahahaha!

  • Physical gaming media was always a pain in the ass.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    The PC is actually my main platform and I don’t play many racing games. Sorry bud.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Well that game was just an unoptimised mess in general, that’s why they couldn’t even release it on it’s target platform.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Not always, like I said carts don’t have that problem.

    Digital with 1st-sale protection would be the best of both worlds though.

  • BFG

    Buying an used game doesnt hurt the devs more than buying a game on sale

    You have to also rely on the second-hand market when a game has been made unavailable brand new in stock

  • BFG

    Almost all japanese games on PS4 run at 60fps, mostly because they arent graphics-heavy in the first place

  • SinkingSage

    What is Steam Offline mode?

  • BFG

    Considering your steam profile and the way you’ve been arguing so far, no, you arent a “true gamer”

  • Heresy Hammer

    Being a “quality gamer” means actually playing games fam.

  • We all know Vita guys don’t actually play games though.

  • Not with denuvo though.

  • 60fps on PC and 30fps on consoles. Lol

  • You enjoying PSN on Vita?

  • Keep lying to yourself kid.

  • Heresy Hammer

    So your saying that people bought the vita dont use it ? Like the 5000+ games you dont play on steam ?

  • Madbrainbox

    Selling your “used” copy to another person is a sale they 100% don’t make.
    And the money you are giving them or (more importantly) to other devs is money you get by selling their product.After you used it.Making you a parasite.
    Other industries don’t deal with digital only goods.That’s the reason it works.

  • Madbrainbox

    Buying a used game will give them exactly 0% of the amount you spent on the game.Buying a game on sale will give them the amount you spent on it.
    Digital only games never “run out” of stock.They may be pulled out from sale for various reasons but there’s an unlimited supply there.

  • BFG

    I have a PS4 which is nothing but imported japanese games too, since I cannot get the original versions on PC like usual

  • Fandangle

    That’s not really important for an RPG with zero reaction timing required.

  • BFG

    The online service can also easily forbid you to download the game too, despite having it in your library.

    I dont quite understand this hate towards the second-hand market considering this is how I managed to get a good amount of imported Vita, PS4, GBA games, especially within my own country (so no eventual custom taxes)

  • Speak for yourself. I need all my games to be 4k at 60fps. Go big or go home baby!

  • If I don’t play games kid how I get footage for my channel. Vita owners never play games as they hate gaming.

  • Stay delusional baby. :)

  • What is your PC specs?

  • Man you are retarded.

  • Did you read it?

  • Madbrainbox

    Hey,if you have it physical I think you should be able to sell that physical copy.In the case of digital games,I don’t see how you’d be anything but a parasite on the system.Can’t afford to buy a full priced game?Then wait until there’s a discount.

  • 🆔SLoWMoTIoN

    I’m at the last boss.

  • Actually buying games used hurts the market. Pirating games don’t hurt the market.

  • 🆔SLoWMoTIoN

    Bit of an exaggeration. I saw like 4 or so bad/weird dialogue at best idk I’ll see when I replay it.

  • BFG

    Again, there is nothing wrong with the used market. I do this for plenty of other things too, like books/comics (since those expensive as hell, and we have a law in the country that forbids librairies to sell at competitive prices, so everything is set up by the publisher/editor) or even furnitures

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I built this about 3 years ago on a bit of a budget so it’s starting to show it’s age a little, but it does the job for now (planning on upgrading next year though). The GPU is a 270X by the way, since it isn’t specified here.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/605e19414a505ad96f531ef8d853f12336be89028c53cbf816c83cb4048aa16a.png

  • A AMD guy.

  • Madbrainbox

    As long as you have a physical product I have little issues with the used market.Not on digital only goods.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Right, “parasites”. Maybe if somebody only ever bought used, but talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    What is it about gamers that causes them to argue against their own best interests, i.e consumer rights/protection? I’ve never seen this sort of behavior anywhere else. Do you also call people that for buying, say, a used car? Movies? Furniture?

    It doesn’t matter wether other industries don’t deal with digital only goods, that does not make this one exempt from the same standards, this is a case where the law simply hasn’t caught up with the times as usual.

    That also doesn’t answer the question WHY should it, or why they should be entitled to (and uniquely at that) benefit from 2nd-hand sales. You seem to be avoiding that one.

    The lack of a 2nd-hand market has nothing to do with why digital works either. It works because of convenience over physical media and retail. Its a lot like how Netflix and Redbox killed Blockbuster.

  • Madbrainbox

    They aren’t unique in this.You can’t resell most of the digital goods you buy.
    You can’t resell digital audiobooks from Audible to my knowledge.Or music from iTunes.Or movies on Netflix.Or anime on Crunchyroll.
    And yes,parasites.Or leeches if you prefer this instead.When you’re selling a second hand physical good then you’re providing a service.Because after you bought the physical item you provided a space for it and you maintained it in a usable condition.The person that buys that from you has an item that is not as good as a new one so they will pay a lower price for it than they would have to pay for a new one.And this process can repeat until the item is no longer usable.Which will happen at some point.
    Now,for digital.You’re not storing it.It’s stored on a retailer server.The item never decays in quality..So you’re not providing those functions.Plus ,because the item never decays,then the same copy could be resold forever.

  • Nagato

    While I cannot say whether this particular game was CPU limited enough on PS4 for it not to be able to run at 60fps, a recurring theme appears to be console audiences not desiring or expecting it much in the first place… and thusly 60fps isn’t a consideration during development at all, even if the hardware could manage it.

    Much less when we’re talking mainstream JRPG fans on consoles, who are generally willing to overlook anything as long as they get more Jap games. Granted, the ones on Steam are also bizarrely fanatic.

  • Anon_Amous

    FOR THE PAYERS

  • bgrunge

    Don’t know if anyone knows this, but Vaan was not in the original game plot. The original MC was supposed to be Basch. Vaan was tacked on as a shallow attempt to appeal to teenagers after Matsuno was forced out by Squeenix upper brass. They pitched his original plot and brought in a female writer to write a new plot based on existing cutscenes, to stitch them together.

    Sakaguchi was so upset by Matsuno being pushed out that he refused to play the game.

    Imagine a mainline final fantasy with the plot complexity, intrigue, and mature focus of Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story- that’s the dream that we didn’t get thanks to squeenix shitting all over their own product.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    I know all that. But its good to share that info with people who don’t.